How Our Beliefs Might Interrelate With Science

 

I would like to start off this article with the note that it was written by myself, Cianaodh and while it may reflect my personal views and opinions on the subject there are others in the temple who hold different views and that too is okay. We don’t learn and grow by everyone believing the same things in the same way. We do so by exposing ourselves to different ideas, concepts and beliefs. But, that being said, here’s mine.

Our relationship with science is such that we recognize the various sciences as a pursuit of the truth. Ours, too, is a pursuit of the truth on a spiritual level. Not in conflict with the pursuit of scientific truth. If some archeological find or other scientific finding which has proven to be true conflicts with our views and beliefs we have no problem with altering our views and beliefs to fit the scientifically proven facts.

On the other hand, while we believe in accepting the positive aspects of science and technology, we do maintain a healthy skepticism towards the supposed ethical neutrality of that science and technology. In other words, we recognize that oftentimes, the findings of research depends a great deal on who is funding the research. So, we also consider it important that scientists and everyone else pay as much attention to their methods as they do to their goals.

Still, while witches, magi, yogis, druids, shamans, and other assorted magickal practitioners have spoken for a long time of energy working and channeling, the nature of creation and manifestation from fields of energy and such,  scientific findings in recent decades have been uncovering truths about our universe that prove us right. This is a very complex but fascinating subject. Anyone who is truly interested in learning magick can  benefit by learning about it.

Fred Allen Wolf, in his book “The Eagles Quest: A Physicist finds truth at the heart of the shamanic world”, wrote the following:

“It was once said by Sir James Jeans, the British philosopher, ‘The Universe begins to look more like a great thought than a great machine.’ And the more I journeyed into the shamanic world, the more this seemed true to me. It was clear to me that shamans use powers to deal with a universe we in the Western world tend to dismiss as imaginary. But that tendency was gradually vanishing, since the discovery of the hidden world of the atom and subatomic matter made physicists realize that it was impossible to entirely ascribe objective properties to ultimate matter and energy.
‘Shamans enter into parallel worlds. It was now apparent that these other worlds were found in the imaginal realm, not just in the physical realm. Originally I believed that these other worlds were parallel physical realms, just like those predicted by quantum physics. Now I wasn’t sure that this was right. Instead I began to see that the world of mythos was parallel to the physical world in a different sense. Somehow it was a world that eluded the uncertainty principal. It was a world that was determined in a way that my quantum physics training could not fathom. Somehow when shamans dealt with that world, a degree of control- and yes, even destiny- that wasn’t possible in the physical world was manifested. That shamans could tune into that destiny and that prospect, for some reason, frightened me.
‘It was becoming apparent to me that the real power of shamanic physics was the ability to alter matter by altering the world of the mind. This meant that shamans must have the ability to enter the mind world and they must be able to find their way back.’

So, what if by the act of visualizing or imaging something one could cause a physical change in the matter and energy around ones self?  It turns out, this is indeed the case. Science refers to this as the observer effect. It has been proven to take place at the sub-atomic level, where the lines between matter and energy are often blurred.

Take into consideration Einstein’s well known E=MC2? It stands for energy = mass times the speed of light squared. Basically, energy and matter are the same thing, just in two different forms. Energy is light, heat, waves, (whether radio, micro, x-rays, or other forms of radiation.) Physicists speak of energy in terms of waves, with different frequencies, or vibrations. According to Einstein’s theory, matter is nothing more than energy, or “waves”, in a different form. Scientific experiments have verified this principle. On the subatomic level, those tiny little particles that make up an atom which we all learned about early on in our educations, the electrons, the protons, and the neutrons, aren’t so solid after all, but instead they too are tiny energy packets. These energy packets “wave”, or vibrate, and they have either a positive or negative charge. Physicists call these wave/particles quantum waves of probability.

The observer effect occurs when scientists try to observe these quantum waves in a lab. Whenever one tries to observe one of these energy packets’ position, it appears as a particle. In other words, it appears solid, as a pin point. But when one tries to observe it in motion, it will appear as a wave, no longer as a solid. Not only that but it can even appear to be in two places at once. It is literally as if the energy packet is both a particle and a wave and that it will show itself to be one or the other, depending on what you are looking for. Perhaps there is something more to this concept that people tend to find whatever it is they are looking for?

Anyway, this is very weird (or perhaps wyrd?) and when scientists first discovered this phenomenon they had a hard time believing their own eyes. How can something possibly be both a particle and a wave at the same time? How could it appear as one or the other, depending on what you’re trying to see? Also how can something possibly be in more than one place at a time? After several repeated experiments by multiple scientists all coming to the same conclusion there could be only one answer. Their expectations caused that which was being observed to change it’s appearance, or form by simply observing it. We do not see the world as it is, we see the world as we are. 😉

Another fascinating subject I recommend looking into from the world of science is the work of Rupert Sheldrake and his theory of Morphic Fields and Morphic Resonance.

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